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Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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84
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2,255 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,255
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
35 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper with large creamy head and lace in glass. Noticeably hoppy aroma, with sweetness: toffee, maybe sugar. Body is thinish. Hoppy taste with grapefruit at finish and drying aftertaste. Not offensive, but unsatisfying a I find Irish style oft to be, and in this you get hit with a lot of alcohol, limiting consumption of further beer.

Sammy, May 22, 2006
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with bread and caramel aromas. Taste is also very malty with caramel and some herbal hops on the finish. A medium bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very malty but still has a nice hop presence to balance things out.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.6%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.2%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

acurtis, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible signs of carbonation. It poured with an off white head that died down leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has notes of caramel and toasted malts in the flavor along with hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and goes down rather smoothly.

metter98, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy copper color with very little head or lacing

Smell: Rich caramel with just a touch of piney hops

Taste: This is one deceptive beer. Starts out with a caramel malty flavor very much like an amber ale. As it warms, the citrus hops start to come through, with increasing assertion. Very well balanced, overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied, a bit oily; fairly low carbonation

Drinkability: I used to like this a lot more than I do now. Just too sweet for me.

brentk56, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper, as noted on the label, although there's a significant oranginess to the beer as well. The tangerine-tinted ecru cap of dense, creamy foam flatters the glass with abstract patterns of thick lace. The nose is surprisingly weak and smells of modestly spiced caramel malt. I thought that this was going to be a full-throttle aroma and flavor bomb, but the nose at least has dropped the ball. It isn't bad mind you, but Censored conjurs up images of lusty wantonness, not 'showing a little leg'.

The flavor regains some respect, but is also a bit tame. I taste sweet caramel and maple syrup with a thin overlay of citric hops. It's flavorful enough I suppose, but favors the low end of the American strong ale spectrum with regards to taste bud saturation. The smooth, rounded body/mouthfeel is medium in heft with a feint toward full.

Censored initially struck me as somewhat of a letdown. Once I recalibrated, however, I was able to appreciate it for what it is; namely, a drinkable strong ale that is unthreatening enough for all comers to enjoy. It is coming into its own with warming and I'm enjoying the bottom half of the bottle more than the top half. Or maybe it's the 7.7% ABV talking.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caught it at the Vortex while visiting Atlanta. Fares well as a hightly hopped Amber. Could be a Pale Ale. Richly malted, but not highly kilned. Flavors and textures lean toward biscuit-ey, rather than toasty. The hops wash out the conservative matlitness a bit and lend a mild metalic flavor. The feel could hold a bit more weight, but the attenuation seemed to keep the beer lighter feeling, but heavier in alcohols. A solid brew for the summer, but still cannot compare to their Imperial Red.

BEERchitect, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Sammy: Poured a deep copper color ale with small off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of deep caramel malt with some very subtle hops. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramel malt with very little hops presence that I could detect. Body is a bit thin and alcohol is well hidden. A bit weak overall and definitely lacking character to make this worthwhile.

Phyl21ca, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glassand served straight out of the fridge.

A - This one poured a nice crystal clear copper colored amber with a nice thick two inch head of white foam that capped off the top and gave it a nice appearence until it started to fade and left behind virtually nothing with no hint of side glass lace. Nice carbonation was visible throughout the session however.

S - The smell was very light, which to be honest kinda dissapointed me. What I could pick up was very grainy and boring with big notes of cereal grain very apparent as well as a musty kinda of bread smell. Some light grassy hops were present way in the back but to be honest were really a non issue as this was dominate by a musty bread like malt.

T - The flavor followed the aroma almost exactly with a big time musky bready like flavor that just was too strong to really get anything else to come out from behind it. There was a slight hoppiness in the finish, but again I stress light as it was really not a factor in the overall flavor. This was truly a malty lager and really not the normal flavor I would expect from the style but thats neither here not there.

M - Very light bodied ale, actually lighter then I thought it would be which was suprising, but still not terrible just neded a little bit more to put it over the top. It did come come off a little bit slick and thin despite having really good carbonation which was a shame, but what can you do.

D - Not bad here at all though. Now it may seem like a bit of a contradictory note, however it was not that terrible to put down. The flavor was not really what I was looking for but the profile fit in fine with being a session ale and this was definitlely a session ale.

Overall not bad, I will give it that it was above average but thats about it. It was nothing terribley great and the flavor seemed a bit dull and boring to me, but again it was not terrible, I do not think I would purchase it again, however I could drink it if it was offered for sure.

mikesgroove, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +7.2%

kylehay2004, May 05, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jaydoc, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ugh. A power outage zapped my review just before I got a chance to enter it, so the review for Lagunitas Censored Ale v2.0 is going to be short and direct.

A: Amber-Copper. Thin off-white head.

S: Honeyish and fruity aroma, with distinct notes of peaches and citrus.

T: Honey and toffee upfront. Light floral hoppiness.

M: Medium-bodied. Smooth, but a fizzy C02 keeps the palate squeaky clean.

D: Decent, but wasn't what I was really expecting for a "strong" ale.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the bottle says pours a rich copper color with an slightly off white head that sticks around for quite awhile I was also suprised by the higher carbonation level wich I wasn expecting.Wow alot of difeerent melding aromas going on somecaramel and butter toffee with a nice underlying piney hop that made this very delectable on the nose.The taste is big and sweet up front but man do the hops come in to dry this out just enough to make a perfect balance,caramel and roasted nuts turn into pine and grapefruit in the finish.Now this was a joy to drink complex and flavorful,I will buy again in the future.

oberon, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Take a stand against censorship: drink it away! Politics aside, though, this stuff pours a clear rusty copper topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises light mandarin orange flesh, toffee, very light cocoa, and a bit of ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange, caramel, light cocoa, ruby red grapefruit peel, and a touch of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a solid amber, nothing amazing, but something easy and pleasant to drink.

TMoney2591, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%

largadeer, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an all-around nice session ale, and well-suited to any social occasion.

Deep amber tone with a good two fingers of foam that threaten to spill over. Clean citrus in the nose, with a healthy dose of bready maltiness to back it up.

Very light bitterness, which makes it approachable to the average micro drinker. Again, a clean caramel malt dominates the flavor, fruit cocktail and mild citrus, with puffed wheat aftertaste. Pretty satisfying, and a session-beer extraordinaire.

emerge077, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It had nice retention and left some sticky rings of lace.

S - Very floral hop aroma with some roasted malt background. Smells like a hopped up amber ale.

T - It tasted of bready, sweet malts. A spicy hop bite added balance with a hint of citrus to go with it.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice amber ale. All the hype and the name had me thinking it would be a super-hoppy ale, but it is really quite balanced.

zeff80, Nov 19, 2010
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Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,255 ratings.